Motivational Interviewing used in a an randomised trial for obese women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOs)

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Aim: To investigate if motivational interviewing has an impact on lifestyle changes for obese women with PCOs syndrome over a six-month period.

Methods: Thirty women referred by their General Practitioner to the gynaecologist were randomly assigned to a treatment group and a control group. Both groups were measured for BMI and waist size. Blood and hair samples were obtained and a lifestyle questionnaire was filled in. During a period of six months the treatment group were participating in motivational interviewing with focus on lifestyle changes conducted by a researcher. The control group received oral advice and a leaflet. After six months both groups were re-assessed.

Preliminary results: A small but significant improvement in lifestyle changes, weight loss and loss of centimetres for the women who had participated in the motivational interviewing sessions comparing to the control group. There seem to be many barriers in order to change lifestyle for women with PCOs. A wish for pregnancy seemed to be a high motivator for weight loss in general. The women felt they had achieved changes in lifestyle and gained an understanding of how to manage some of the challenges they experienced living with PCOs. An example was controlling the blood glucose by changing eating habits, the impact of wellbeing by exercising daily, they further expressed that being able to verbally speak about having PCOs and understanding how the symptoms influenced their lives was very rewarding.

Conclusion: Women with PCOs are a special category of patients. They often live without knowledge of PCOs and how to manage their life in order to live healthy. Frequent encounters with a healthcare professional using Motivational Interviewing and close follow up by the gynaecologist may increase lifestyle changes, weight loss, fertility and consequently a better compliance to living with PCOs. However more research with a larger trial is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateApr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
EventÅben Forskerdag - Hotel Trinity, Fredericia, Denmark
Duration: 28. Apr 201628. Apr 2016


ConferenceÅben Forskerdag
LocationHotel Trinity

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